It might be best known for the Indy 500, but Indianapolis is as great a city for music lovers as it is for racing fans. Many famous musicians have come from the state of Indiana: Michael Jackson, David Lee Roth, Axl Rose, and many others were all born in the state.
The Indianapolis Pacers play at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and their home arena also serves as Downtown Indianapolis’s major concert venue. The venue opened in 1999 and held its first concert in 2001— Indiana-born Janet Jackson played the first show. Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Paul McCartney, and Cher have all played at the arena in the past. Some more recent and upcoming shows include Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Katy Perry, Pink, and Harry Styles.
The Vogue Nightclub in the Broad Ripple cultural district is one of Indianapolis’s most historic concert venues. The Vogue opened in 1938 as a movie theater (the first air-conditioned movie theater in Indiana!) and showed films through the 1970s. After a short stint as a theater for adult films, the building was converted into Indianapolis’s premier nightclub on New Year's Eve 1977. Artists from a wide range of genres have played at the Vogue. Some of the more famous ones include The Ramones, Johnny Cash, Ice Cube, the Dave Matthews Band, and Rihanna. Some of the Vogue’s more recent and upcoming concerts include Sixteen Candles, Yngwie Malmsteen, Blues Traveler, and Cowboy Jukebox.
During the warmer months, the Klipsch Music Center—located just outside the city in nearby Noblesville—is Indiana’s premier outdoor concert venue. Its pavilion has 6147 seats, and there’s room for 18,000 more people on the lawn. Klipsch hosted a number of famous artists during the summer 2017 season: Bob Seger, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Green Day, Brantley Gilbert, Stone Sour, and Tom Petty all played at the arena. The venue also hosted the famous Warped Tour. In 2018, the venue’s name will change to Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center.
What’s the best place to see a concert in Indianapolis?Klipsch Music Center is the number one ranked venue on visitindy.com, and The Vogue has been voted the city’s best concert venue by multiple publications and polls. Fans also leave good reviews for the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which they say doesn’t show any signs of age.
What artists are playing in Indianapolis this weekend?Scroll up to the “Events this Weekend” section to see what concerts are happening this weekend in Indianapolis.
Most events at the Vogue will only admit guests who are 21 years old or older, so plan your night accordingly.
If you have a lawn ticket to a show at Klipsch, you can bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on. The venue also rents lawn chairs, so that’s an option if you don’t want to carry your own.